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Code of Virginia
Title 38.2. Insurance
Chapter 18. Insurance Agents

§ 38.2-1809. Power of Commission to investigate affairs of persons engaged in insurance business; penalties for refusal to permit investigation.

A. The Commission shall have power to examine and investigate the business affairs of any person engaged or alleged to be engaged in the business of insurance in this Commonwealth, including all agents, to determine whether the person has engaged or is engaging in any violation of this title. The Commission shall have the right to examine all records relating to the writing or alleged writing of insurance by any such person in this Commonwealth to determine whether the person is now or has been violating any of the provisions of this title. Any licensee under this title, or any person purporting to be a licensee under this title, or any person whose actions have led any person to believe that he is a licensee under this title, who refuses to permit the Commission or any of its employees or agents, including employees of the Bureau of Insurance, to make an examination or who fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of this section may, after notice and an opportunity to be heard, be subject to any of the penalties relating to licensees under this title, as provided in this title, including the denial, suspension or revocation of his license.

B. Except as otherwise provided in this title, every licensee shall retain all of his records relative to insurance transactions for the three previous calendar years except that records of premium quotations which are not accepted by the insured or prospective insured need not be kept. These records shall be made available promptly upon request for examination by the Commission or its employees without notice during normal business hours.

Code 1950, § 38.1-295.1; 1968, c. 238; 1979, c. 513, § 38.1-327.9; 1985, c. 3; 1986, c. 562; 1987, c. 521; 1990, c. 464; 1991, c. 417; 2001, c. 706.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.